Edward is highly experienced in all aspects of family law but particularly financial remedies (including civil partnerships). He has specific expertise in dealing with complex high net worth matters involving family businesses, farms, companies and trusts. He is also very experienced in equitable co-ownership cases under TOLATA. Particularly well known for his family finance work and recognised as one of the "Leaders at the Bar", he also has a niche civil practice.
In the civil team Edward specialises in professional negligence cases concerning financial remedies.
Edward has for many years been listed in Band One of “Leaders at the Bar” in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners directory for his family finance work.
In Chambers 2018 Edward is listed as a Leader of the Bar both for the Western Circuit and for the South-Eastern Circuit: "Edward Boydell is Head of the family finance team, with over two decades' experience advising on matrimonial finance. He regularly represents high net worth clients in cases involving challenging assets such as farms, family companies and overseas trusts. Strengths: Ed is an outstanding senior junior. He is clearly very bright and a brilliant advocate, who has no reservations about ruffling a few feathers if that is in his client's interests." "Edward Boydell is superb and shows great attention to detail. He has an easy rapport with clients and an extraordinary ability to master and absorb complex cases." "His reputation, creativity and client care very much make him stand out from the crop. He is an exceptional advocate with a very good grasp of detail." "He is very calm and methodical, and good with clients."
The Chambers 2017 edition says: "always exceptionally prepared, he is a fantastic negotiator and advocate who suits almost every client due to his versatile personality." "Excellent client-handling and thorough analytical skills."His reputation, creativity and client care very much make him stand out from the crop. He is an exceptional advocate with a very good grasp of detail." "He is very calm and methodical, and good with clients."
The 2016 edition says: Edward Boydell "has considerable knowledge of financial remedy proceedings for separating couples. Many of his cases involve multimillion-pound assets, such as family businesses, land and trusts. Strengths: " he has excellent client-handling skills; he is both thorough and analytical." "His advocacy is very good and his approach is very balanced. He gives sensible commercial advice".
The 2015 edition said "Edward Boydell primarily handles financial proceedings within family law, often with large asset pools. He is heavily commended for both his advocacy skills and his interaction with his clients. "He is a highly impressive advocate in complex financial cases and is exceptionally good with clients. A top senior junior choice for high-value money cases.""He is exceptional - the clients love him, judges love him, and he's great in court. He's just exceptional."
The 2014 edition says "Edward Boydell continues to strengthen his reputation on the circuit and is widely regarded as a leader in the field of matrimonial finance. He is respected for his punchy advocacy style and working manner with solicitors. "He is a superstar and we have a great working relationship with a team approach to cases. I never feel like I am instructing him remotely. He has recently worked on a number of complex financial proceedings, including high-asset prenuptial agreements, and significant financial disputes involving trust issues and allegations of non-disclosure."
The 2013 edition says of him: "renowned junior Edward Boydell adeptly handles high net worth financial disputes, and is endorsed by sources as being "always thoroughly prepared and approachable". His "excellent bedside manner " makes him a favourite amongst clients and instructing solicitors." The 2012 edition states he "is regarded as a highly impressive advocate in complex financial cases. He is the senior junior of choice for a number of solicitors who seek him for his impressive intelligence and exceptional advocacy skills". Edward regularly appears in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. The directory has also described him as "at the top of his game according to sources, he earns the respect of the market with his expertise in complex matrimonial finance". Commentators state he is “a robust advocate with a friendly but commercial approach to client care."
The 2010 edition states "He is a craftsman who performs his advocacy with a flourish" and is "much sought after" and, "who for many is the counsel of choice in ancillary relief matters".
The 2009 edition states Pump Court Chambers' large team of family practitioners "includes the esteemed Edward Boydell. He remains sought after for his hands-on and constructive attitude, and is mostly seen handling money matters. Cool and calm in court, he combines this aspect of his practice with co-ownership, inheritance, public and private children work."
Edward is also listed as a "Leading Junior" in Band One of the 2017 Legal 500 which describes him as "a match for any silk" and the 2016 Legal 500 which notes that he is "a clear and analytical barrister, who has an excellent client manner that inspires confidence." The 2015 Legal 500 says that "his advocacy style is relaxed, fluent and confident". The 2013 Legal 500 stated that he has "the ability to grasp complex circumstances of substantial ancillary relief claims".
Edward is available to conduct Private FDRs. He is one of relatively few Recorders to be ticketed to hear Family Finance appeals and has over 12 years experience of sitting in the family courts.
Recent cases include
- H v H: H’s application to terminate PPs of over £45,000 pa 13 years after divorce. H sought an immediate termination, W a substantial replacing lump sum. Court determined an immediate termination. Edward Boydell for H instructed by Rita Gupta of LGFL. Ann Hussey QC for W instructed by Wilsons.
- M v M: £10m case concerning property holdings and waste management businesses in Hampshire. Edward Boydell instructed by Simon Burge of Blake Morgan LLP for H. Nicholas Francis QC (now Francis J) instructed by Neil Davies of Paris Smith LLP for W.
- X v X: c£25m case concerning a pre-nuptial agreement under which W receives 30% of the combined family wealth subject to a minimum sum. Issues included W’s case that 30% would not provide for her needs and calculation disputes as to the assets. Edward Boydell for H instructed by Erica Shelton and Charlotte Posnasky of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Nigel Dyer QC and Thomas Brudenell instructed by Blick & Co. for W.
- P v P: c£5M case in which it was alleged that W had attempted to commit fraud by forging court documents leading to a final consent order in 2007. H applied to set aside the orders and matter was eventually compromised before Mostyn J. Edward Boydell instructed by Wilsons was led by Nicholas Francis QC. Kingsley Napley for H.
- E v E: Short marriage case with c£3M assets in which H claimed £600k after 18 months of marriage. Key issue was whether the pre-nuptial agreement should be upheld. Decision delayed to await Radmacher decision. Held by DJ Cushing: pre-nuptial upheld. Husband received lump sum of £255k in lieu of discrete property interest. 4 day final hearing. Edward Boydell against Nicholas Cusworth QC.
- GS v L: c£4M case concerning the applicability of a post-nuptial settlement signed by the parties in Spain after 2 years of a 10 year marriage. Further issues were raised such as the relevance of pre-acquired assets and whether the court should have regard to the types and range of orders that would be made if the case were being heard in Spain, the family being essentially Spanish and all residing in Madrid. The case was heard over 7 days before Eleanor King J. Edward Boydell instructed by Wilsons against Kate Davidson QC for W (Thomas Eggar). Case now reported as GS v L  EWHC 1759 (Fam) and GS v L  EWHC 2116 (Fam) (costs)
- S v S: Parties agreed to divide £40M equally after a long marriage. Both parties wished to retain a French chateau bought and restored over the last 9 years of the marriage. Single issue hearing to determine who should retain the chateau fought over 3 days before Sir Hugh Bennett. Edward Boydell led by Nicholas Francis QC for H (Wilsons). Nicholas Cusworth QC and Stewart Leech for W instructed by Payne Hicks Beach (Fiona Shackleton)
- B v B: c£5M farming case. H and W farmed large estate held largely in H’s family trusts over long marriage. There were issues as to relevance of inherited wealth and resources. Compromised shortly before trial in May 2012. Edward Boydell instructed by Wilsons against Jennifer Roberts QC. (Alexiou Fisher Phillips - Jeremy Fisher)
- B v B: c£10M farming case. H farms and produces vegetables for major supermarkets. Major issues as to pre-acquired assets, the needs of the W and the H’s liquidity. Case settled after 2 FDR days before Moylan J. Edward Boydell instructed by Glanvilles against Deborah Bangay QC. Paris Smith for H.
- L v L: approximately £4M. H held 50% shareholding in substantial insurance brokerage but had committed numerous acts of deceit and non-disclosure. Compromised on first day of 5 day trial. John Wilson QC against Edward Boydell instructed by Coffin Mew.
- C v C: W’s application for financial provision after long marriage in relation to assets of c£3M. Resisted by H on basis of significant post-acquired assets amassed during 4 year period since separation. Matter heard over 3 days in PRFD. Edward Boydell instructed by Trethowans for W. Philip Moor QC and Simon Webster for H.
- F v F: c£5-6M farming case. Case concerned large farm in the south of England. Matter compromised on third day of trial before HHJ Meston QC sitting as High Court Judge. Paris Smith for W. Edward Boydell instructed by Scott Bailey against Brent Molyneux.
- V v V: Case with modest assets but allegation that H and his business partner had attempted to reduce wife’s share by H transferring all shares in their jointly-held company to the business partner. Application to set aside by W was successfully defended by H and business partner. There were further issues concerning W’s honesty and her wanton dissipation of assets. Edward Boydell for H instructed by Scott Bailey. Geoffrey Kelly for W (Eric Robinson). Hugh Travers for Intervenor (Coffin Mew – Sally Pike)
- D v D: preliminary application for H as to upholding pre-nuptial agreement entered into by parties in France 4 days before marriage. H is French, W is Hong Kong Chinese. Issue of applicability of Radmacher v Granatino. Edward Boydell for H instructed by Morgan Cole.